The top three teams and top four individual scorers not on qualifying teams advance to the second step of postseason play.
Bellevue, the Northern Ohio League champion, won the Division II title at Sawmill Creek with a 334 total, while the Sandusky Bay Conference advanced three teams and three individuals to the district championships next week in other tournaments.
The NOL also has an area individual who qualified in Willard's Aaron Feltner, who posted an 84 at Sawmill.
q St. Mary Central Catholic qualified in the Division III sectional at Green Hills with a 338, good for third place, behind Ottawa Hills (287) and Woodmore (327).
q Huron placed second in the Division II sectional at Toledo's Detwiler Park with a 320, behind champion Wauseon (318) and ahead of Eastwood (326).
q SBC champion Port Clinton also moves on in Division II as a result of a third-place finish at Sawmill with 343, two strokes ahead of rival Clyde.
q Clyde has two participants in the district as senior Luke Hohenstein and sophomore Zach Rieman qualified as individuals with 81s at Sawmill.
q Oak Harbor also has an entry in the Sycamore Springs District in Travis Focht, who gained a spot in the Detwiler sectional with a solid round of 79.
q Port Clinton also had the medalist at Sawmill in junior standout Shane Meek, who put together nines of 40-37, and Keegan Bollenbacher of Huron was co-medalist at Detwiler with 39-37--76.
While the Division II district is Thursday at Red Hawk Golf Club near Findlay, the Division III district is at Stone Ridge in Bowling Green the same day.
Bellevue continues to rack up tournament titles with its depth.
Coach Jan Terveen’s talented squad had four players in the 80s on a course made tougher by pin placements and the addition of the ever-present wind.
Junior Thomas Pressler was the leader with an 81, followed closely by classmate Dylan DeWitt at 82. Isaac Hartley, another junior, was third with 85 and senior Ryan Wilburn carded 86. Tyler Rospert added a 93.
“We hung tough today as the conditions got a little different on the back nine with that wind, but our guys played well down the stretch,” Terveen said. “We have four No. 1s in my mind, and any one of them is capable of putting together a very good round. Nobody had that kind of day but we stayed solid as a team and we’re going on. That was our priority.”
For Port Clinton, in addition to Meek’s 77, senior Joey Kurtz fired 40-42—82, freshman Anthony Paradiso 40-46—86, Austin Krupp 47-51—98 and Mitchell Mueller 57-53—110.
“Back in the spring I felt there was no way we could win the SBC or get out of the sectional, but these kids have surprised me day after day,” Port Clinton coach Rick Dominick said. “Shane did everything today after he started out five over for the first five holes. He tripled the par-three fifth hole, then had a string of 11 straight pars. His attitude was excellent today. “Joey had a good day and Anthony has played with so much poise for a freshman and finished par-bogey-par and that enabled us to get that third spot from Clyde,” Dominick added.
Meek talked about his round.
“The key was my putting. I worked hard on this yesterday with the focus on keeping my head still. And for the first time in a long time, I putted well and had a number of one putts today,” Meek said. “I’m happy for the SBC. We have three teams get out and three more individuals, and I hope Perkins can do the same next week in their sectional (Division I),” Dominick said.
In addition to Hohenstein and Rieman, Clyde got a 91 from Brett Combs, 92 from Eli Hillman and 98 from Tristen Pocock for its 345.
Margaretta placed seventh at 364 as Austin Spicer and Toby Miller each checked in with 89s. Steve Stark added 92, Logan Brauer 94 and Gage Byington 101.
For Willard, eighth among 12 teams, Feltner was followed by Logan Schaub (93), Jake Tanner (94), Carson Ebert (98) and Brayden Bruner (118).
SMCC coach Bill Musial was ecstatic with the scores his young team posted.
“We have five sophomores and they all stepped up today by grinding it out and reaching their goal of making it to the next level (district),” Musial said.
Collin Crooks had the low round for the Panthers at 43-39—82 while Dario Mormina followed with 46-38—84, Chace Rotsinger 43-42—85, Scott Doyle 44-43—87 and Reid Guerra 47-48—95.
“We’re going back to Stone Ridge, and last week finished third in the SBC. I just hope we can continue to show how mature this team is right now. I’m so proud of them,” Musial said.
Ottawa Hills had the medalist in senior Ben Silverman who carded 32-35—67 over the par 71 layout. His teammates at a 72 and a pair of 74s for the sparkling 287.
Danbury was also in the field and finished at 423. Chase Botson was low with 92, followed by Alex Calton 104, Jack Tyson 110, Grady Mark 117 and Caleb Gerber 119.
“We finally put five good scores together, and that’s what you need in tournament play,” said Huron coach Tom Bollenbacher. His son, Keegan, qualified for the district for the fourth year in a row. “Keegan stepped up and played well and was exceptional from tee to green, but did not have a birdie all day. He advanced as an individual his freshman and sophomore seasons and this is the second time we’re going as a team. We had a disappointing SBC season, but this is tournament time and today we had fun,” Bollenbacher said.
Huron had four other scores ranging from 81 to 84. Eric Myles fashioned 40-41—81, Jake Lehrer 39-42—81, Jack Springer 38-44—82 and Alex Klein 45-39—84.